Reflections - May 15, 2016

“Come, Divine Spirit, send your light from heaven.  Loving Father of the poor; giver of splendid gifts; light that penetrates souls, fountain of greatest consolation……”. 
(Sequence of the Holy Spirit)
 
Today the Church celebrates the feast of Pentecost, fifty days after the Resurrection of the Lord, His ascension to the Father’s house, and the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the community of the Apostles with the mandate given by Jesus, “to proclaim the Good News of Salvation and to forgive sins”.  Jn. 20:23 (The Sacrament of Confession).
 
There is something I would like to highlight to you on this day of Pentecost and it is that the Holy Spirit manifested itself “where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews”.  Jn. 20:19.  That was His community.  Because it is from the community of believers that Jesus’s project of founding His Church as a sign of salvation for all mankind began to take shape.
 
Another manifestation of the Holy Spirit is found in the Sequence of Pentecost:  “Loving Father of the poor; giver of splendid gifts”.
 
“The Splendid gifts” come from the poor that are humble”, “the clean of heart, for they will see God”.  Mt. 5:8.  They allow the grace of the Spirit to act on their intellect to express a supernatural wisdom to be able to understand and express the divine mysteries even in other languages.  To express and generate to those who listen a supernatural love, a sorrow for sins, a compassion for those who suffer, a spiritual joy, an inner peace, and fortitude.
 
These gifts were great tools for the primitive community and also for us in the New Evangelization.  We only have to open our hearts, as Confirmed people, to the Holy Spirit with faith, hope, and charity.
 
Let us ask the Holy Spirit to recognize the living presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and that we will have a profound spiritual life nourished with mental prayer, the love for the reading of the Word of God, strength to live the values of the Gospel, love for the Virgin Mary in this month of May by reciting the Holy Rosary with our families or with the community.  Let us also ask the Holy Spirit to help us learn to feel with the Church giving witness to our faith, defending Christian values, and the teachings of Pope Francis.  That is our Pentecost “and the fountain of our greatest consolation”.